WHO WE ARE

Key Aid Consulting is an agile international consulting group based in France, with partnerships across the globe. We have developed a strong reputation in evaluation, adult learning and cash and market-based programming. Our services focus on improving assistance to crisis-affected households. We do so through promoting increased learning and accountability, delivering innovative programme support and evaluations, designing customized guidance and inspiring training materials for key stakeholders in the humanitarian world.

The services offered are tailored made, high quality while at the same time cost effective. Our team members have extensive experience in the humanitarian field and international development overall. We combine programme management skills, as well as technical expertise in cash transfer and market based programming; food security and livelihoods; protection and gender; and private sector partnerships.

OUR TEAM

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Hélène

Co-founder

Hélène heads Key Aid’s work on cash and market-based programming, as well as capacity building. She has supported the institutionalisation of cash and market-based programming for UNDP, UNHCR, IRC, Save the Children, CARE, Oxfam and World Vision, among others. She has also authored several related guidance documents, including the CaLP Programme Quality Toolbox and the PCMA guidance, and is involved in the Sphere Standards revision. She is a member of the CaLP Technical Advisory Group and the Market in Crisis Board of Directors. Hélène also regularly designs and trains humanitarian practitioners on cash and market-based programming. She is a lecturer with Manchester University and Sciences Po Paris.

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Clément

Co-founder

Clément oversees Key Aid’s evaluation work. He has led multiple strategic assignments to support aid and development programmes in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia. These projects span across multiple INGOs and UN agencies. Clément has conducted several evaluations focused on specific Grand Bargain commitments (localisation, uptake of cash-based assistance). He is regularly involved on Key Aid’s cash and market projects. He is a member CaLP CTP technical expert roster.
Clément has also designed and implemented large-scale quantitative surveys collect and analyse data in some of today’s most challenging environments, including Gaza and Afghanistan.

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Loic

Project Manager

Loïc has eight years of experience in research, project management, independent process evaluations, impact evaluations, randomized control trials, and field data collection. He has prior experience living and working in several African countries including Morrocco and Côte d'Ivoire with a range of development partners including NGO's, foundations, and international organisations. Loic helps organisations use data and evidence to learn and adapt their programs. Specialist in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). He is fluent in English French and Dutch and holds a Master in economics from the University of Amsterdam.

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Chloé

Project Manager

Chloé has undertaken many research pieces and evaluations, both qualitative and quantitative, covering sectors such as food security and livelihoods, nutrition, WaSH, education and child protection among others. Chloé has built a strong expertise in cash and market-based programming and more recently in developing user-centered approaches to evaluation and research (including child-friendly data collection and dissemination methods). Prior to joining Key Aid Consulting, Chloé worked on a project focusing on children’s rights and participation for a French NGO and on a cash transfer programme for UNICEF in Cambodia. Chloé speaks fluent French and English and has a working proficiency in Spanish. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Sciences Po Paris.

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Gentiane

Analyst

Gentiane specializes in monitoring, evaluation and accountability and is proficient using both quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools. She has a strong expertise on East Africa, with work experience in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi - with NGOs, International Organisations or as a researcher. She has developed and strengthened monitoring systems and collected data for organisations such as IOM in Burundi, or CEFA in Kenya.
She holds one master’s degree in International Law from Aix-Marseille University and one Msc in Politics of Conflicts, Rights and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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Rediet

Analyst

Rediet holds a joint master’s degree in Sustainable Territorial Development from the University of Padova, Italy; The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; and La Sorbonne University – Paris 1, France. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of St Thomas Aquinas, Ethiopia. He is proficient at conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses of social, environmental and economic phenomenon both at the grassroots and macro scale. Rediet is fluent in Amharic, English and has intermediate proficiency in French.

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Martin

Analyst

Martin combines his strong knowledge and interest in the humanitarian sector with his solid background in Economics to conduct sound and thorough evaluations drawing upon his analytical and problem-solving skills. He has a proven understanding of different quantitative techniques, their appropriateness across different assessments and how to communicate complex results in a concise and evidence-based manner. He is familiari with methods from behavioural sciences add a singular approach to understanding and appraising projects’ achievements. Martin has a master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and a master’s degree in Behavioural Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

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Céline

Analyst

Céline has worked within local associations, international NGOs, UN agencies such as the World Health Organization, ACTED and Action Against Hunger. These experiences have allowed her to work in various humanitarian contexts and with different institutional donors. Following a master degree in international humanitarian action, she first specialized in project management and then acquired expertise in monitoring and evaluation. Her first professional experiences started in Latin America, before focusing on the Middle East and in particular the Syrian crisis. She speaks French, English, Spanish and has a good command of the Levantine Arabic dialect.

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Natascha

Analyst

Natascha has over three years of experience in mixed methodology research. Before joining Key Aid, Natascha worked in Cape Town as an M&E specialist with a focus on the African Development sector. Natascha holds a MSc in Social Psychology research from Vrije University (Amsterdam) where she specialised in reconciliatory dialogues between perpetrator and victim group members. Natascha has in-country experience in Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. She is South African/Maltese and native in English with an intermediate proficiency in French.

ASSOCIATED CONSULTANTS

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Anish Shrestha

Associated Consultant

is a consultant with a socio-economic development background. He has more than 7 years of experience working in the WaSH, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction sectors.

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Samasti Tandukar

Associated Consultant

has over 6 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research in close collaboration with various national and international institutions across Asia. She has experience preparing proposals, developing tools and guidelines, planning and implementing, and monitoring and evaluating programs. She is fluent in English, Nepali and Hindi with a sound working proficiency in Bengali and Chinese (Mandarin).

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Jürgen Mika

Jürgen Mika is a cash specialist and a CaLP-certified trainer. He works as a Cash Programming Advisor for a large range of
clients. He has been a cash and market advisor with Welthungerhilfe
(WHH/GAA) for 5 years, and as part of WHHs Emergency Response Team covering
the larger Humanitarian Disasters of the last 15 years.
Jürgen is a Palladium Group CVA Expert of the DFAT Australia Humanitarian
Emergency Roster (HER) and a regular guest lecturer on Cash and Voucher
Assistance (CVA) as part of the NOHA Joint Master's Programme in
International Humanitarian Action at the Institute for International Law of
Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of the Ruhr University Bochum/Germany

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    Shahnewaz Morshed

    Associated Consultant

    has over 3 years of experience in supporting evaluation, and designing trial, experiment and rapid assessments in the humanitarian and development sectors. He has expertise in statistical analysis and scientific research, and the use of mobile technologies in Information Management. Morshed speaks English, Bengali and Hindi.

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    Illiassou Adamou

    Associated Consultant

    has been working in the Sahel region for the past 28 years. He is a seasoned facilitator and has support humanitarian organizations and Governments with strengthening their resilience and disaster risk reduction approach. Illiasou led numerous assessments in the area, specifically looking at food security and livelihoods. His experience mainly lies with qualitative approach and participatory appraisal techniques. Illiasou is a native French speaker and also speaks English. In terms of local languages: he is fluent in Haoussa, Djerma and Sonray.

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      Ali H. Abuzaid

      Associated Consultant

      is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. He is interested in the development of outlier detection procedures in different types of data. He speaks fluent English and Arabic.

      social protection specialist with 16 years’ experience in multi-sectoral humanitarian and development programming spanning technical assistance, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation.

      Gabrielle Smith

      Associated Consultant

      is a social protection specialist with 16 years’ experience in multi-sectoral humanitarian and development programming spanning technical assistance, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation. She has been at the forefront of global initiatives exploring the potential for using and strengthening national social protection systems in humanitarian contexts. She developed a background paper for the World Bank on how to operationalise Adaptive Social Protection. She was a lead researcher in the DFID research on shock responsive social protection, led the feasibility study for the conditional cash for education programme for refugees in Turkey and was on the team leading the evaluation of the Emergency Social Safety Net ESSN evaluation in Turkey.

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        Bettina Morgenstern

        Associated Consultant

        Bettina Morgenstern is an architect and a shelter expert who focuses on land rights and sustainable construction after emergencies or in recovery phase. She has worked across INGOs, UN agencies, and the Red Cross in over 10 countries for the past decades. Bettina is well versed in cash and market based programming and regularly contributes to shelter-related publications (including the latest Global Shelter Cluster Guidance on Labour Market Analysis in the construction sector). Bettina has also developed related tools and trainings for practitioners. She holds a Masters in Architecture from Technische Universitat Berlin, and is fully fluent in English and German

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          Lauren Weiss

          Associated Consultant

          has led several evaluations and projects related to cash and market based programming for UN agencies, international NGOs, the Red Cross Movement and the OECD. These consultancies have covered the preparedness, relief, and recovery phases of the project cycle, spanning South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She is comfortable utilising both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. Lauren is a native English speaker with excellent analytical, writing and editing skills, and also possesses a working proficiency in French. She holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences Po Paris.

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            Emmlyne Emmanuel

            Associated Consultant

            Emmlyne Emmanuel, has 10 years’ experience managing projects in Haiti, including with government and non-government stakeholders. With an educational background in public health and research methods, she has worked with international and local agencies to develop and implement health projects and has an in-depth understanding of the humanitarian environment and community issues in Haiti.

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              Danielle

              Project Manager

              Danielle has lived and worked in multiple African countries. Proficient in managing full qualitative and quantitative research project cycles, she has worked for both UN agencies and INGOs, with a focus on education. She has also worked on large-scale quantitative research projects in the media sector and feasibility studies on the use of cash-based assistance in rural markets. She is fluent in English and French, holds an undergraduate degree from McMaster University (Canada) and a Master’s from Sciences Po Paris.

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              Valsa Shah

              Associated Consultant

              Valsa Shah is a development economist and evaluator. She has nearly 25 years experience, focussing on quantitative and qualitative methods in programme design, value for money, evaluations and cost benefit analysis. She has had her own consultancy practice for over 10 years, before which she spent 14 years as a UK government economist. She is based in London.

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                N. R. Musfika Laiju

                Associated Consultant

                With 20 years of experience in management, coordination, planning and program implementation, N. R. Musfika Laiju is a renowned Gender Specialist in Bangladesh. In her recent position as a Coordinator - Gender Based Violence (GBV), in South Asia for Action Against Hunger (ACF), she provided strategic advice and guidance to multi-sectorial technical advisors on GBV to ensure gender equality in programming. She also worked as a Gender Specialist for USAID where she provided support to partner organizations on gender issues. She has been involved in policy decision making process, strategy formulation and Gender advocacy in Bangladesh for many years. She also worked as Deputy Country Program Manager for Water and Life Bangladesh for 4 years where she provided solutions to the WASH crisis in the country

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                  Mohamad

                  Mohamad has almost twelve years of experience in the international and local development sectors, in areas related to the Syrian Crisis, intersections of humanitarian governance, aid, migration, security, development, and peace issues in the Levant region, Europe and Turkey. Mohamad gained this professional experience working with development cooperation agencies, think tanks and UN organizations in Syria and Lebanon, academic institutions and civil society organisations across the MENA and EU region. Mohamad is a Research Fellow at the Syrian Centre for Policy Research, and MEAL & Programme Development Specialist for several donors, NGOs and International agencies in the region.
                  Mohamad is also an International Relations doctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews (UK), and holds an MSc in Economics Policy from the University of Reading (UK), an MBA in Corporate Management, and a BSc in Economics (Syria).

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                  Blessing Mutsaka

                  Blessing is a senior development professional with 17 years’ experience in leadership, management and technical roles in development programs in Sudan, Zimbabwe, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and India. He has extensive experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning, strategic planning and development policy. Blessing holds a master’s degree in development studies and a BSc Hons degree in Agricultural Economics. Blessing has worked in various sectors including economic growth, agriculture, environment, humanitarian assistance, governance & health.

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                  Marwa Ershaidat

                  Marwa Ershaidat, Regional Consultant and Arabic, Turkish and French speaker, has 8 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. She has direct experience working in protection, including with UNHCR, in the Middle East and related to complex crisis, refugees and host communities. For the past four years, Marwa has worked on evaluations of several humanitarian and development projects. She has experience in data collection, analysis, and reporting.

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                  Seifu Tadesse

                  Seifu Tadesse is based in Addis Abeba, in Ethiopia. He has more than 15 years of proven track records in research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems design and implementation. Seifu has provided long-term MEL technical support and guide, qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and report writing, data base management, data quality assurance, and knowledge management including lessons learned documentation and dissemination with INGO, Local NGO, UN and donors for example WFP, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, Save the Children. Seifu also has extensive experience in coordinating and facilitating capacity development initiatives. Seifu also has first-hand experience in designing and implementing diversified development programs with CARE International in Ethiopia.
                  Seifu Tadesse holds a Master in Monitoring and Evaluation, Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Development Studies; and a Bachelor of Art in Management. Seifu is fluent in Amharic, Oromifa, English with working proficiency in Somali.

                  THEY TRUST US

                  OUR VALUES

                  Key Aid’s Mission

                  We strive to contribute to increased accountability towards crisis-affected population through use-oriented ethical and participatory evaluations, inspiring adult learning materials and technical one-stop-shop on cash and market-based programming. We do so in a way that maximizes value for money for our client and gives our team a sense of purpose while letting them grow.

                  Make it Happen

                  We do whatever it takes to deliver quality and ultimately contribute to better and more accountable humanitarian responses. We figure out a way forward, even if it has never been done before. There is no instruction manual for achieving outcomes, so we are creative and relentless.

                  Set the bar high

                  We set super high standards because quality matters. We never cut corners when it comes to improving assistance to crisis affected households. We deliver consultancies that matter.

                  Stand-up

                  We push boundaries and challenge the assumptions others take for granted. We are not afraid of being shameless for the sake of crisis affected households. No matter how crazy things get, we never forget why we do this.

                  Laugh Together, Grow Together and be kind

                  We remember to have fun and to laugh at ourselves. We never stop learning. This journey is not about us or our egos. We put the mission first, then the team, then ourselves. We stay humble and tap into kindness as a key interpersonal skill. Being kind is being strong, not being weak

                  Confront the Grey

                  We speak up when our ethical compass is challenged. We practice transparency and radical candor. We believe that action requires integrity, and integrity requires action.

                  Work as a collective

                  We are smarter and more creative as a team because we all have different experiences and knowledge about particular topics/countries/contexts. Therefore, we are eager to collaborate, ask other team members, who are not necessarily involved on the same project.

                  Individual failure is not synonym of mistakes or fault

                  We give space to everyone to learn by doing, hence by making mistakes. The wisdom of the group is there to compensate potential individual failures. We are a learning organization and do not hesitate to question our ways of working and ways of doing for the sake of higher quality and happier teams.

                  Get Back Up and Have Each Other’s Back

                  When you take on great challenges, failure is inevitable. That doesn’t scare us. The minute we get knocked down, we get straight back up. Every time. We have the ability to recover from adversity, and keep on going. This journey is tough, but we have each

                  other’s backs. That’s how we always end up delivering projects that meet our clients’ expectations.